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I waddled onto the beach and stole found a computer to use.

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Note: I’m moderating a handful of communities in more of a caretaker role. If you want to take one on, send me a message and I’ll share more info :)

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Somehow that was my first thought too and we didn't have one growing up

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Same idea as new-reddit with its 'views'. It doesn't make sense how some post on a local subreddit gets a few hundred impressions immediately, even when posted at 4am. Meanwhile the actual organic comments on the same post follow the average human wake/sleep cycle

I wonder if advertisers are also fooled by those numbers, or if they use a different way of measuring

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I haven't seen much discussion about the third one, what would that be about?

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As a follow-up question, what are some open source satellite data sources, maybe orgs like NASA?

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It could also be A/B testing, so not everyone will have the AI running in general

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Wouldn't they be? They could measure how likely it is that someone clicks on the generated link/text

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Most of the details are things that you might already know, or assumed was happening, but the article is a helpful resource for links, evidence, citations, and summaries

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the chatbot couldn't even recommend the right specialist 😑

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Welcome!

For this universe of instances to grow, but also to add a bit of personality to the platform! Do a bit of Reddit and add customization options for each community, like on the Minecraft Subreddit of old Reddit that I've always smiled at.

For sure! We don't talk enough about how much customization there is for Lemmy. There is a wide variety of mobile apps that do things in different ways, and userscripts/userstyles to customize the desktop interface. A lot of instances are also running multiple frontends, each maintained by a different dev or team.

For example, our instance is running:

  • Voyager interface at voyager.lemmy.ca
  • Photon interface at photon.lemmy.ca
  • Alexandrite interface at alex.lemmy.ca

Many possibilities, and I'm hoping we can see community customization too someday :)

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I've had the built in version control do unexpected things, so I play it safe and create named backup files. I usually end up using that one file, but I've been saved on occasion

otter OP ,
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I think it's to make it easier to write bash scripts, for those who are new or when the script is doing a more critical task

Modern Syntax

You will find many of the language features familiar, allowing you to get up and running much faster than if you were learning Bash from scratch.

Runtime Safety

It’s one of the key components missing from regular shell scripts. It can help you catch many bugs at compile time.

Type Safety

Amber ensures that you handle everything that could fail. Each Bash command and function that could fail must be handled in some way.

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I'd start with ublock origin for browser extensions, and then add more things based on what you're looking to do :)

You've already mentioned a few, but another might be to explore alternatives to the bad services and start a process to migrate over. That can look like anything from reducing your dependence on a service to moving over entirely.

ex. unfollow people and things you don't care about

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    Do you have location services turned on? Or perhaps something weird with the Sling app permissions

    otter ,
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    More links

    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c3ggpe3qj6wo

    https://apnews.com/article/icc-khan-netanyahu-070941d21ccd1f2b9611032b88527575

    Karim Khan said that he believes Netanyahu, his defense minister Yoav Gallant and three Hamas leaders — Yehia Sinwar, Mohammed Deif and Ismail Haniyeh — are responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip and Israel.

    The prosecutor must request the warrants from a pre-trial panel of three judges, who take on average two months to consider the evidence and determine if the proceedings can move forward.

    Israel is not a member of the court, and even if the arrest warrants are issued, Netanyahu and Gallant do not face any immediate risk of prosecution. But Khan’s announcement deepens Israel’s isolation as it presses ahead with its war, and the threat of arrest could make it difficult for the Israeli leaders to travel abroad.

    Both Sinwar and Deif are believed to be hiding in Gaza as Israel tries to hunt them down. But Haniyeh, the supreme leader of the Islamic militant group, is based in Qatar and frequently travels across the region.

    otter ,
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    Welcome!

    I don't have specific recommendations on hand because I'm on mobile, but you can look through this guide from !newtolemmy for other ways to discover communities

    https://lemmy.ca/post/11285664

    Following the promo communities works great so you can passively learn about new things when they get promoted

    "Hacked" Instagram

    My other half discovered that some dodgy person/company had managed to send instagram messages advertising handbags to all of her followers from her account. She changed her password immediately, but what could have happened here? Is it the case that a “hacker” had access to her full instagram account, or would they have...

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    Are the messages in her outbox? What some scammers do is they make a new account with the same name and profile picture, to then send messages that look like they're from a friend.

    I remember reading about an Facebook phishing thing going around, but that involved getting the password and then spamming out messages. She could try and remember if she got any weird links that she logged in with. Sometimes the scammer sends the harmful link to the followers, so the handbag site might be the problem link

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    Usually because resources are limited, both financial and time, so people make do with what they can.

    As projects grow, and as the FOSS alternatives improve, projects can switch over.

    Rant: vanilla local app search is ridiculously bad

    For a search company I can't believe how terrible the Android app search is. I can't even search "bank" for my banking apps, and there doesn't really seem to be any metadata except for the title that goes into the search. Which is absolutely ridiculous given how many companies name their apps something cReAtIvE like "home" or...

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    I'd love to have tags on apps. So many apps have a simple minimalistic name on the app, which is impossible to remember. I make do by renaming the app with terms I might search by.

    ex. "Authenticator Microsoft", or "Vancollect City Garbage Trash Recycling"

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    Is the one you linked mechanical? I wasn't sure

    otter Mod ,
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    Others are covering the details of the article, I took a look at the source. It only started up last year:

    Canadian Affairs was founded by Lauren Heuser in 2023. You can read why Lauren founded a publication for families and professionals in her founding essay.

    Canadian Affairs is independent and nonpartisan. It is wholly owned by Lauren and has no outside investors. It is a Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization.

    Links to the person's past work:

    Police crackdown on Gaza protest encampments [at the University of Alberta] campus sparks outcry ( montrealgazette.com )

    Students and academics at the University of Alberta reacted with outrage on Saturday after Edmonton police dismantled a pro-Palestinian encampment on campus, describing the operation as violent and contesting assertions that demonstrators were breaking the law....

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    I'd recommend starting with ANKI and looking up guides for that language. You might find add-ons that make it easier to use. While making your own deck is better, you can also download recommended decks to learn vocab. Otherwise there are open access textbooks and courses if you want more structured learning.

    As for apps, I saw this one recently: https://simjanos-dev.github.io/LinguaCafeHome/

    Other discussions right from the Duolingo community:

    Encrypted services Apple, Proton and Wire helped Spanish police identify activist | TechCrunch ( techcrunch.com )

    By the way, the earlier posted article https://restoreprivacy.com/protonmail-discloses-user-data-leading-to-arrest-in-spain had an update starting at the paragraph with title Update: Statement from Proton and additional commentary

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    Yep, which I think is why it's more important to see what data is being collected and stored, rather than giving up data based on how trustworthy an entity seems

    If the tool doesn't collect or log the data to begin with, then there's nothing that can be stolen/taken/demanded

    The solution in this case might be for Proton (and the other companies) to list out risks and data collection information along the way.

    We need X in order to do Y. Read more on how Y works. Now here are some risks, and how to avoid them:

    Professor sues Meta to allow release of feed-killing tool for Facebook ( arstechnica.com )

    The tool is nearly ready to be released, Zuckerman told Ars, but the University of Massachusetts Amherst associate professor is afraid that Facebook owner Meta might threaten legal action if he goes ahead. And his fears appear well-founded. In 2021, Meta sent a cease-and-desist letter to the creator of the original Unfollow...

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    This browser extension "would allow Facebook users to automatically unfollow their friends, groups, and pages, and, in doing so, to effectively turn off their newsfeeds, which Facebook algorithmically sorts to drive user engagement," the Knight Institute said in a statement.

    Interesting, I've been doing that manually for a while now (not Facebook though, I haven't opened that feed in years).

    Here's an article from 2021:

    https://slate.com/technology/2021/10/facebook-unfollow-everything-cease-desist.html

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    Maybe it could be specific to each user?

    Few ideas

    • a community for people to post in on their cake day, where they can comment on some aspect of their life that's improved in the last year / something they're grateful for

    • if you come across a cake day account, pop into their history and comment on something you find interesting

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    This is very mildly interesting, cool find!

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    I wasn't sure myself honestly, thought I'd check if someone else brought it up first

    I think people get super excited to share the good news that it's not a company behind it and all the benefits that come with that

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    I would say to just try it out and see how it is! The live USB works nicely and you can decide you don't like a distro and move on rapidly. There are also tools out there that let you load up multiple distros on the USB at once, and then pick which one to use when you boot up.

    I went through my own struggles with dual booting Linux some time ago. If you search on Lemmy, you can find those embarrassing posts. It was my fault, I got confident and messed with 'grub' in all the wrong ways, before cutting my losses early and reverting everything because I had other commitments to deal with.

    The good thing though is that it's totally possible to put Windows back 100% the way it was before, even after messing up as badly as I did (I couldn't boot into either operating system because the machine couldn't find the boot entry). Once you're ready to replace windows with Linux (or dual boot etc.), make a good backup with something like Macrium Reflect and you should be safe to go for it. I highly doubt you'll make the mistakes I did, the story is to say that you can mess up and be just fine!

    As for your use case:

    • affinity programs aren't on Linux from what I remember, you might want to experiment and see if you can run it with Wine or if you have an alternative (ex. Dual boot, different programs)
    • Not sure about Davinci, comments suggest that it runs ok on Linux. I like KdenLive

    As for what people recommended, and what I'm planning to try soon

    • Kubuntu (if you want Ubuntu that looks similar to windows)
    • Fedora (what I tried last time)
    • Linux Mint
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    What aspects do you like about 9gag? (memes, specific content, interface, etc.)

    That might help people guide you to something different. Unfortunately I haven't used 9gag in years so I don't know what it's like now

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